I've seen probably hundreds of attempted suicides in cop movies and tv shows over the years. One thing always stands out above everything in most. Picture the scene, the murderer, it's usually a murderer, is chased to the roof by the hero cop, or cops. He, or she, runs to the edge and screeches to a halt, yelling don't come any closer or I'll jump. The cop, or cops, stand guns out, pointed at the murderer, ready to blow him, or her, away with the slightest whisper of an excuse. Yet at the same time, pleading with the murderer not to kill him or herself. It's not the way out, they say, give yourself up, live, blah, blah, blah.
Every time I see one of these scenes I wonder what idiot wrote it, and what reality it's supposed to represent. If I were a murderer who had made it to the edge of a roof, would I choose to let myself be thrown down, handcuffed, dragged to jail, beaten, tried, and thrown in prison for several lifetimes or sent to death row to be executed? Or, would I laugh at the insincere lies as they tried to get me to submit to their system of justice, then step off the roof?
I honestly don't know how this plays out in real life, never having been a cop or a murderer, but it seems to me that if I were a cop, I'd encourage the murderer to jump. Justice is still served, there's probably less paperwork, and there's no chance he, or she will get "back on the street" and do it again.
Just a thought....